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Moscow’s OL doubles the output on his Asyncro label with an asymmetric, beats-driven definition of modern Russian ambient featuring Sensational and his Serwed collaborator Flaty along for the ride
‘Wildlife Processing’ weighs in as OL’s 2nd solo album proper, sharing a batch of 2017-2020 recordings after last year’s ‘Dismeteo’ debut with Motion Ward. The sound I atypical of current Russian electronics; cold but shatterproof, doing odd things with pliable mutations of hip hop, techno, electronica in a way shared by his collaborator Flaty, as much as Buttechno, or the buckled techno on Gost Zvuk.
A feel for hyperreal sensuality is key to the appeal of Ol’s music and in strong effect here. Taking the natural world in and out of the box until its no longer identifiable as either results in crafty Autechrian organisms such as the slithering ‘Sim Career’ and the Gescom like boom crack of ‘Bercy Station’, or his iridescent stepper ‘Low Enforcement’, whereas ‘Senor22’ works like a washed out Bellows oddity surfaced from the neo abstract deep ends. Micxail aids in the sealing the album’s elusive, fractal qualities with class collaboration on its hypnagogic, gauzy closer ‘Inasan’, and Flaty evens its off-keel style in a smart techno stepper for the ‘floor ‘A4’ that feels like a weightless Ossia tune.